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second-hand income [deleted] 6:18pm, 25 February 2012
Giving feed-back in photography is probably one of the hardest things to do unless the person that receives it feels it's constructive, honest and above all left with a new knowledge that will help them become a better photographer. You may feel you are not qualified to give this level of feed-back, don't worry! Your Honest Opinion will I'm sure, be greatly appreciated, it will also help you to view your own images in greater detail, thus improving your own photography skills along the way.

Below is a basic checklist to help you.
1. Take a good look at the image, go as large as possible. Make a note of things that you instantly dislike or like.
2. Scan the quality of the image, does it have dust spots, is there too much noise, are the horizons and verticals straight, are there blown out shadows/highlights that have no detail?
3. Does the photo need cropping?
4. Would it look better with a shallower/deeper depth of field (dof).
5. Is the colour right, is it too saturated, not saturated enough. Does the white balance look right, is there a colour cast?
6. Are the things that matter in focus, could the sharpening be used to better effect.
7. Does the image have the X-Factor! What wows you about it, or is it simply a snapshot.

I am sure you could add many more items to this list, but I think this is enough to get started. Hope you find it useful.

Many thanks,
Les :¬)
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fawlty128 PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Elamcelt (member) 6 years ago
Excellent Les.
I think many members might be a little uncomfortable leaving any type of detailed comments because they feel they are not qualified. I felt the same way when I first joined flickr and even now am hesitant sometimes to leave comments on photos taken by photographers who are obviously much better than I am.
But even someone with no photography experience at all, knows whether they like a photo or not. And it's not really difficult to say, " great detail in the birds' wings", or "to me the colors are a bit over saturated".
Elamcelt 6 years ago
Thanks Les:)
Fawlty I agree - it's not easy to CC photographers that you think are much better than you, but I've learnt that even they really appreciate honesty.
And do you know what's really hard, if person is saying how great a photo is, and you come on and say "I'm not sure about . . ." But two of the photographers on here that I really admire have both sent me emails to say "thanks for being honest, it's so refreshing!"
So we can all say what we see:)

I would really like to encourage everyone in the group to CC other's photos, because the other thing I've learnt is that in CCing others, helps me too, as I look more seriously at theirs, and it just defines for me what makes a good photo, and gives me the "X-Factor' and what is just another photo.
Dave Angood PRO 6 years ago
Spot on. The honset feedback is the only way to really learn. I bypass so many shots on here that have been put through the adobe mixer to much and come out over saturated.
It helps people to learn how to compose their shots better, what is good or bad light when to shoot or when to walk away from a shot.
No one is ever having a go at someone, if they leave a negative comment. From the negative you go away and produce a positive.
If I take a dud shot I would rather someone tell me, rather than plastering it with the "nice shot" Comment, as them comments don't help alot. I love crop suggestions at least it means you have taken enough in the shot to do it.
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